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Oklahoma law would revoke licenses of doctors that perform abortions

Oklahoma is just a signature away from revoking the licenses of most doctors who perform abortions.

Date: 04/23/2016 | Nation & World

Want Viagra? Come back tomorrow with a note

COLUMBIA, S.C. — If women have to wait 24 hours in South Carolina to get an abortion, men should have to do the same before they can get Viagra or other drugs to help them have sex, according to a tongue-in-cheek proposal discussed Wednesday.

Date: 04/21/2016 | Nation & World

Mississippi now allows armed church members

JACKSON, Miss. — A holstered gun sat on top of a Bible on Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant’s desk Friday when he signed a law allowing guns in churches, which he said would help protect worshippers from potential attackers.

Date: 04/16/2016 | Nation & World

State Division 1 Court of Appeals judges hear cases in Everett

EVERETT — An inmate sentenced to life in prison for attacking a Monroe corrections officer once vowed that the fight for his freedom wasn't over.Nearly two years later, the battle was taken up on Jimi...

Date: 04/15/2016 | Local News

Hearing Friday on privacy lawsuit on Seattle food waste law

SEATTLE — A hearing has been scheduled for Friday in a lawsuit against Seattle’s food waste law. Seattle law firm Pacific Legal Foundation believes the new law that tells garbage collections to inspect people’s trash allows the government to invade the privacy of its citizens.

Date: 04/14/2016 | Northwest

Interest in festival at Malheur refuge high after standoff

BEND, Ore. — In the wake of the weeks-long standoff at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, interest in the refuge’s annual bird festival has skyrocketed.

Date: 04/08/2016 | Northwest

Campaign to save charter schools spent close to $1.9M

SEATTLE — A lobbying campaign to save Washington's charter schools spent nearly $1.9 million to influence the public and state lawmakers, according to documents filed with the state.The campaign got the results advocates were looking for, as the state now has a new...

Date: 04/08/2016 | Northwest

Drivers, leave the phone alone

There are two types of drivers out there: Those who have nearly had an accident because their attention was diverted from the road — otherwise known as distracted driving — and those who deny that they've ever had a close call because of a distraction.Actually,...

Date: 04/05/2016 | Editorials

Program helps track prescriptions to ensure they aren't being abused

OLYMPIA — Calling addiction to opiates and similar drugs "a scourge," Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday approved legislation that seeks to make better use of a state-sponsored prescription monitoring program to fight "doctor-shopping" by addicts. The...

Date: 04/02/2016 | Northwest

Gov. Jay Inslee signs bill on police body camera videos

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that seeks to keep police body-camera videos available to the public while limiting broad requests for the footage.

Date: 04/01/2016 | Northwest

Inslee lets charter school fix become law without signing

SEATTLE — Gov. Jay Inslee has decided to let the Legislature’s charter school fix become law without his signature.His decision, announced Friday afternoon, marks the first time a Washington governor has let a bill become law without his signature since 1981.

Date: 04/01/2016 | Northwest

Inslee signs bill to aid homeless students

TACOMA — In an effort address the rising number of homeless public school students in Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee signed a measure Friday that aims to help reduce obstacles to their success in and out of class.

Date: 04/01/2016 | Northwest

Problem is at a standstill

Parking in Everett is difficult, but enforcement is lacking

Date: 04/01/2016 | Local News

Justice for all

Lawyers donate services to low-income people

Date: 04/01/2016 | Local News

Experts say WSU might have violated open-meetings law

SEATTLE — Legal experts say Washington State University’s Board of Regents might have violated open-meetings law when voting on the next president of the institution.

Date: 03/27/2016 | Northwest

Alaskan moose hunter wins victory at Supreme Court, but not the war

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court delivered a unanimous victory to an Alaskan moose hunter last week, but did not settle whether he will be able to use a hovercraft to travel through federal lands to his favorite hunting grounds.

Date: 03/27/2016 | Northwest

Baby found in garbage bin in stable condition; police seek tips

EVERETT — The newborn boy who was found in a garbage bin at a south Everett apartment complex Friday night is in stable condition and is expected to survive, Everett police...

Date: 03/26/2016 | Local News

Open legislators’ emails to Open Public Records Act

"The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know."And that standard holds for the most part in Washington state, except when it comes to...

Date: 03/22/2016 | Editorials

Fair sentencing yes, but fairness needed in inmate releases

It's easy to understand the intent behind the current move to reduce prison overcrowding, but are we sure we're doing it right?In 2010, when President Obama signed the Fair Sentencing Act to reduce federal prison sentences for non-violent drug offenders he specifically...

Date: 03/22/2016 | Commentary

Left, right agree on amenesty for traffic fines

My car was towed from an area near a train station in San Francisco last month. I had parked in front of a small "No Parking" sign that I had not seen. I spent an hour looking for my car and calling an attendant who didn't answer the phone. When someone finally answered, she...

Date: 03/20/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Everett settles suit over animal shelter records

EVERETT — The city of Everett has approved a settlement with Jonathan Bander over access to public records. Bander sued the city last month after staff at the Everett Animal Shelter wouldn’t give him a record of a dog in the...

Date: 03/17/2016 | Local News

Senate Republicans hiding behind the ‘Biden rule’

Who knew that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, and the rest of the Senate Republicans had turned over the role of writing that body's procedural rules to Vice President Joe Biden?And people lament the lack of bipartisanship in Congress.

Date: 03/17/2016 | Editorials

Body cam video a public record

There's little question that video cameras — such as dash cams and body cams — can be useful in determining the sequence of events when the interaction of police and public results in a tragic circumstance. This was demonstrated Sunday with

Date: 02/25/2016 | Editorials

Virginia considers bill to keep all police names secret

It started with a reporter's attempt to learn whether problem police officers were moving from department to department. It resulted in legislation that is again bringing national scrutiny to the Virginia General Assembly: a bill that could keep all Virginia police officers' names...

Date: 02/24/2016 | Nation & World

Don’t be too quick to crack open iPhone

Just as necessity is the mother of invention, expediency is the mother of unintended consequences.The necessity here is the FBI's desire to unlock the Apple iPhone used by Syed...

Date: 02/23/2016 | Editorials

Downsides of Apple backdoor may be worse than upside

I view Apple with almost as much loathing as I save for overzealous federal prosecutors. My last Apple phone was a lemon. The "Genius Bar" isn't. When I hear Apple extol its vaunted regard for privacy, I think of all the invasive personal questions my iPhone used to ask...

Date: 02/23/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Your iPhone isn’t beyond the reach of a warrant

Federal investigators hold the iPhone of Syed Rizwan Farook, the terrorist who helped slaughter 14 innocents in San Bernardino, California. They want to look at its contents but can't because the device is encrypted and Apple has refused to unlock it.The matter ended up in...

Date: 02/23/2016 | Opinion Columnists

The end of originalism

Justice Antonin Scalia didn't invent originalism. The credit for that on the modern Supreme Court goes to Justice Hugo Black, who developed the approach to constitutional interpretation as a liberal tool to make the states comply with the Bill of Rights. But Scalia did more to bring...

Date: 02/21/2016 | Commentary

Preserve access to public records

Lawmakers may yet find a way to honor the provisions of the 1972 state Public Records Act while protecting cities, counties and other local agencies from unreasonable costs in fulfilling requests for public documents. But a House Bill that, as written, would allow governments to spend...

Date: 02/21/2016 | Editorials

Bill to modify state public records law is alive, for now

OLYMPIA — A bill that would allow local agencies to prioritize or delay some public records requests based on their size or cost remains alive, even after failing to get a floor vote in the Washington State House by Wednesday’s cutoff.

Date: 02/19/2016 | Northwest

Kelso votes down shopping cart fine

KELSO — Officials in a Washington city have changed their minds about how to handle people taking shopping carts away from stores. The Daily News reported that the Kelso City Council voted down a measure that would make stealing a shopping cart a civil infraction.

Date: 02/18/2016 | Northwest

Kelso votes down shopping cart fine

KELSO — Officials in a Washington city have changed their minds about how to handle people taking shopping carts away from stores. The Daily News reported that the Kelso City Council voted down a measure that would make stealing a shopping cart a civil infraction.

Date: 02/18/2016 | Northwest

Legislature passes first bill of session: K-12 finance plan

OLYMPIA — The Legislature on Thursday passed its first bill of the session: A plan to fix the way the state pays for public schools. The proposal, which was approved Thursday in the House and Tuesday in the Senate, aims to finish the Legislature's work on a Supreme...

Date: 02/18/2016 | Northwest

Lawmakers make West Virginia a ‘right-to-work’ state

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia, a suffering coal mining state shaped by the sometimes-bloody history of its organized labor, is set to become the 26th state with a so-called right-to-work law.

Date: 02/13/2016 | Business Wire

State Senate rejects constitutional amendment on tax increases

OLYMPIA — The state Senate on Friday failed to reach the required vote threshold to send voters a constitutional amendment asking if they want to require a two-thirds super-majority in the Legislature for future tax increases.Senate Joint Resolution 8211 failed in the...

Date: 02/12/2016 | Northwest

Photograph your big dream

The best picture wins a scholarship from this man

Date: 02/09/2016 | The Chat

Washington bills seek automatic voter registration for some

OLYMPIA — Months after Washington state saw record low voter turnout, several lawmakers and Secretary of State Kim Wyman say they want to help increase engagement with automatic voter registration for some. Two measures, SB 6379 and HB 2682, would automatically...

Date: 02/08/2016 | Local News

Everett's anti-camping law criminalizes homelessness

How should the Pacific Northwest's rapidly-growing communities respond to rising levels of homelessness, inequality and poverty? They certainly have options available: They can fund more shelter beds, or sponsor resume workshops and job fairs, or push for mixed-income...

Date: 02/07/2016 | Commentary

Before campaign, Cruz sought sentencing reforms

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, had the voice of a liberal and a libertarian when he wrote a piece for the Brennan Center for Justice in April that ripped the federal criminal justice system on three fronts — "overcriminalization, harsh mandatory minimum sentences, and the demise of...

Date: 02/02/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Reason and doubt

Viewpoints: The lessons from "Making a Murderer'

Date: 01/31/2016 | Commentary

Former state officials need to cool heels before lobbying

A state ethics board has dismissed as "obviously unfounded or frivolous" complaints that three former state officials had helped the Snohomish County Public Utility District obtain a $7.3 million grant through the state's Clean Energy Fund.As

Date: 01/28/2016 | Editorials

Marysville bans fireworks

Law takes effect in 2017; not everyone is happy

Date: 01/26/2016 | Local News

As regulators take on medical pot, Everett eyes a moratorium

EVERETT — Four recreational marijuana stores have opened in the city since legalization, and a fifth is in the permitting stages.That would be the maximum number of retail outlets permitted in Everett under state law.The state Liquor and Cannabis Board,...

Date: 01/25/2016 | Local News

Bikini-barista video disclosure deal would cost Everett $45K

EVERETT — It looks as if an Olympia man could get a check for $45,000 from the city of Everett, along with copies of police surveillance videos of bikini baristas behaving badly.The Everett City Council on Wednesday is scheduled to consider a settlement that city...

Date: 01/19/2016 | Local News

Renew tool that fights Medicaid fraud

Washington state could soon lose a successful program that in the three years it has operated has uncovered and penalized fraud, returned nearly $3 for every $1 spent in investigating and prosecuting cases and protected the source of medical coverage for 1.75 million residents.

Date: 01/19/2016 | Editorials

Raise state smoking age to 21

The use of tobacco products among Washington state teens has been on a healthy decline since 2002, dropping from 23 percent of high school seniors in 2002 to 13 percent of seniors in 2014, according to the state Department of Health's Healthy Youth Survey. Nationwide, the Centers for...

Date: 01/17/2016 | Editorials

SEIU’s dues collection from home-care workers is illegal

Miranda Thorp is a caregiver for her daughter who, because of her disability, qualifies for state assistance through Medicaid. As her caregiver, the state pays Miranda to help reimburse her for the cost of caring for her daughter.There are currently about 35,000 state-paid...

Date: 01/16/2016 | Commentary

Federal judge dismisses naked Portland violinist’s claims

PORTLAND, Ore. — A federal judge has dismissed a nude protester’s claim that police violated his rights by arresting him while he played violin stark-naked outside the federal courthouse in Portland.

Date: 01/10/2016 | Northwest

Singer Justin Bieber asked to leave Mexico’s Tulum ruin site

MEXICO CITY — A Mexican official said Friday that Canadian pop star Justin Bieber and his entourage were asked to leave the Mayan archaeological site of Tulum after he apparently tried to climb onto or among the ruins.

Date: 01/09/2016 | Nation & World

Bundy bunch a distraction from real problem — mandatory minimums

Weeks before Ammon Bundy and his pals showed up at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge to protest five-year federal prison sentences imposed on two Oregon ranchers, a friend alerted me to the ranchers' story. Thanks to federal mandatory minimum sentencing laws, the government was...

Date: 01/08/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Proposal would make charter schools accountable to voters

Since the start of the school year, the estimated 1,300 students enrolled in nine K-12 charter schools across the state have lived with the uncertainty of where they will attend school after this year.As schools prepared to open in September, the state Supreme Court, in a...

Date: 01/07/2016 | Editorials

No honor for intransigence on gun safety

It is axiomatic that congressional Republicans will oppose anything smacking of "gun control," which may as well be read as "Your mama."Thus, it comes as no surprise that President Obama's announcement of executive actions to clarify and enhance...

Date: 01/07/2016 | Opinion Columnists

GOP candidates have encouraged rule of lawlessness

Ammon Bundy and the other armed militants occupying a federal facility at a wildlife refuge in Oregon have a beef with the administration — the Teddy Roosevelt administration."It has been provided for us to be able to come together and unite in making a hard...

Date: 01/06/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Democracy is unsatisfying to the selfish

Well, knock me down and call me Cliven. A bunch of patriotic ammosexuals have battled past uncaged sage grouse and stormed an empty building in Oregon, protesting the jailing of arsonists. Because if we can't burn stuff wherever we want, what's next? Stop signs at...

Date: 01/06/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Delay in fixing early release problem maddening, costly

It's the kind of news that shakes confidence in state government; that 3,200 state Department of Corrections prisoners were released earlier than they should have been when software used to determine release dates...

Date: 01/05/2016 | Editorials

Despite opposition, Lake Stevens gravel mine given permission to expand

LAKE STEVENS — A gravel mine off Highway 92 has been given permission to expand the size and scope of its operations despite objections and a formal appeal from neighbors.

Date: 01/02/2016 | Local News

New laws in 2016 show states are diverging on guns, voting

TRENTON, N.J. — Laws taking effect at the start of the new year show states diverging on some hot-button issues.

Date: 01/01/2016 | Nation & World

Everett bans sale of certain alcohol in targeted areas of town

EVERETT — Certain beers and malt liquors are to be pulled from the coolers in stores downtown and in several other neighborhoods after an Everett City Council decision Wednesday evening.The City Council voted unanimously in favor of the rule change. Mayor Ray...

Date: 12/31/2015 | Local News

Expand gun tax across state

It hasn't been the best of years for opponents of even modest measures to address gun violence in Washington state.This spring, a U.S. District Court judge threw out a challenge to I-594, the initiative that passed in 2014 with 59 percent voter approval to extend the state's...

Date: 12/27/2015 | Editorials

Make alcohol zone mandatory

Among the scores of solutions outlined as part of the Everett Community Streets Initiative that are being implemented and given further study was the creation of alcohol impact areas within the city that would limit the sale of beverages that sell the punch of high alcohol content at...

Date: 12/23/2015 | Editorials

Former Lynnwood politicians' records claim against city dismissed

LYNNWOOD — A Snohomish County judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Ted Hikel and Don Gough against the city of Lynnwood.Hikel, a former councilman, and Gough, the former mayor and a longtime civil attorney, accused the city of violating the state Public Records...

Date: 12/22/2015 | Local News

Legislation would change how new I-405 toll lanes are used

BOTHELL — Frustration with the new express lanes on I-405 spilled into the political arena Wednesday with two Republican lawmakers saying they want to reduce the number of toll lanes and let all drivers use them at night for free.State

Date: 12/17/2015 | Local News

High court considers challenge to drunken-driving tests

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court will decide whether states can criminalize a driver’s refusal to take an alcohol test even if police have not obtained a search warrant.

Date: 12/11/2015 | Nation & World

Everett police urge a stricter limit on alcohol sales downtown

EVERETT — Police want to strengthen the city's restrictions on selling certain cheap alcoholic beverages in parts of the city.In April the city of Everett enacted an Alcohol Impact Area to reduce the amount of problems associated with inexpensive, high-proof...

Date: 12/11/2015 | Local News

New U.S. education law removes sanctions against state schools

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a rewrite of the No Child Left Behind education law that axes the most stringent restrictions and harshest punishments imposed on schools whose students don't pass certain standardized tests.President Barack Obama is expected to sign the...

Date: 12/10/2015 | Local News

Public has right to copies of bikini barista videos, judge rules

EVERETT — The city of Everett can't try to control what happens to police surveillance videos of misbehaving bikini baristas by allowing people to view the recordings but refusing to make copies, a Snohomish...

Date: 12/09/2015 | Local News

Who left room for initiatives?

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman was dishing up ice cream in the state capitol earlier this month, a chiding reference to a statement by the governor about the passage of Eyman's...

Date: 11/27/2015 | Editorials

Lake Stevens police commander files lawsuit claiming retaliation

LAKE STEVENS — The Lake Stevens police commander has filed a lawsuit against the city, saying he is being wrongfully fired in violation of employment laws.Dennis Taylor, 53, is accusing city leaders of trying to ruin his reputation as retaliation for how he managed...

Date: 11/20/2015 | Local News

Align U.S. cannabis law with state laws

In 2012, voters in Washington state passed Initiative 502, which legalized the sale, consumption and taxation of marijuana products. Including Washington, 23 states and the District of Columbia have legalized some form of marijuana, and in 2016, several more states are expected to...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Commentary

We can cure what jails can't

We reached this point gradually over more than 60 years.Beginning in the 1950s, deinstitutionalization shifted those with mental illnesses from state psychiatric hospitals to community-level nursing homes and similar facilities. Then cuts in state and federal funding in the...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Editorials

City, editorial misunderstand the homeless and their needs

In The Herald's view, as your editorial of Oct. 30, "Use panhandling law to help," indicates, the new Everett aggressive panhandling law is acceptable. I wish I could say your opinion is.

Date: 11/14/2015 | Commentary

Supreme Court to review abortion-restriction laws

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday decided to hear its first major abortion case in nearly a decade, agreeing to determine how far states may go in regulating the procedure without violating a woman's constitutional rights.It will be one of the court's most...

Date: 11/13/2015 | Nation & World

Keep process out in the open

A recent decision by the state Supreme Court could now provide some cover for public officials looking to conceal the more controversial parts of the sausage making they do as members of city and county councils, school boards, fire district...

Date: 11/06/2015 | Editorials

Key U.S. races, issues: Pot loses in Ohio

In most states, the big elections will come next year. But on Tuesday, voters in a few states elected governors and legislators, some cities selected mayors, and a variety of major issues were settled at the ballot box.The elections were expected to be low-turnout affairs,...

Date: 11/03/2015 | Nation & World

Use panhandling law to help

Many of us struggle with the correct response when approached by someone begging for money. Our desire to help a fellow human being often conflicts with our doubts about the person's true need or how they will use what we provide.That conflict also comes into play in how we...

Date: 10/30/2015 | Editorials

Marysville, Brier advisory measures ask voters to consider fireworks ban

Voters in Marysville and Brier get a chance this election to say whether they want to see fireworks banned in their communities.In each city, an advisory measure on the Nov. 3 ballot asks if an ordinance should be enacted to bar sale and use of legal fireworks year-round.

Date: 10/12/2015 | Local News

Obama won’t own up to his only option on guns

There's the cycle of poverty. There's the cycle of violence. And then there's the cycle of gun talk. It starts with a mass shooting. Gun-control advocates blame the deaths on gun-control opponents, who argue, in turn, that none of the proposed restrictions would have had any effect on...

Date: 10/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Where are effective proposals to stop mass shootings?

After America learned of the latest mass shooting at an Oregon community college, President Barack Obama delivered remarks in which he lamented the loss of good, innocent people and then added: "Somehow this has become routine. ... We've become numb to this." By the next...

Date: 10/07/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Timber company says it bears no responsibility in Oso mudslide

OSO — A timber company that over the years clear-cut and thinned trees above the hill that unleashed the Oso mudslide has asked a King County judge to spare it from being forced into court next year to fight claims that it is...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Local News

Oil train law still in works

OLYMPIA — A new state law requires cities, counties and fire departments be told ahead of time when an oil train is coming through their community.But it may be the summer of 2017 before they start getting such a heads-up.

Date: 09/28/2015 | Local News

Court says Batmobile entitled to copyright protection

SAN FRANCISCO — Batman won't have to worry about Batmobile knockoffs after a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday the caped crusader's vehicle is entitled to copyright protection.The Batmobile's bat-like appearance and other distinct attributes, including its...

Date: 09/24/2015 | Nation & World

Everett attorney helps businesses navigate immigration issues

Terry Preshaw was 9 years old when she first read "To Kill a Mockingbird," Harper Lee's iconic novel of individual integrity and legal justice. Preshaw personally identified with Scout, the plucky young heroine, but it was attorney Atticus Finch and his crusade for justice...

Date: 09/21/2015 | Business

Marysville City Council bans vaping in public parks

MARYSVILLE — As of Sept. 24, vaping will no longer be permitted in city parks.The Marysville City Council on Monday passed an ordinance that puts electronic cigarettes or vaping devices in the same category as tobacco.Smoking and tobacco use is already...

Date: 09/17/2015 | Local News

Convicted robber files $6.3M claim against county

EVERETT — Todd Kirkpatrick robbed banks. Until he got caught.Interrupted mid-robbery, he ran from a Snohomish County sheriff's deputy. In his attempt to escape, Kirkpatrick leveled his gun at the deputy, who shot him twice.Now Kirkpatrick, an inmate at...

Date: 09/15/2015 | Local News

Opponents say Eyman's new initiative uses blackmail, extortion

OLYMPIA — Tim Eyman is at it again.The professional initiative promoter from Mukilteo is pushing a ballot measure this fall aimed at making it tougher on state lawmakers to increase taxes. And it contains a twist that could reduce state revenues by billions of dollars...

Date: 08/06/2015 | Local News

Lawmakers OK report to Supreme Court about school funding

BELLEVUE — State lawmakers Tuesday approved their report to the Supreme Court detailing what they did and what they must still do to adequately fund public schools by a 2018 deadline.The analysis explains how money was put in the new two-year state budget to cover...

Date: 07/22/2015 | Local News

New rule to protect streams near coal mines

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration proposed new regulations Thursday designed to reduce the environmental impact of coal mining on the nation’s streams, a long-anticipated move that met quick resistance from Republicans, even as the administration projected only modest job losses in coal...

Date: 07/17/2015 | Business Wire

Sheriff’s office pays $600K to settle public records lawsuit

EVERETT — The Snohomish County Sheriff's Office has paid a corrections deputy $600,000 to settle a lawsuit for mishandling his public records request.The deputy alleged that the sheriff's office did not supply him any records for four years after receiving his request...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Local News

Details of death reveal disturbing, inhumane treatment

On April 20, Keaton Farris was arrested for failing to appear at a hearing for passing a bad check. He had no previous record. At the time of his arrest he told a Lynnwood police officer: "I'm off my meds and I'm pretty anxious right now but your badge is calming me...

Date: 07/12/2015 | Commentary

Everett City Council’s decision rejects local businesses, revenue

It’s been just over one year since the marijuana industry opened its first retail store in Washington state, generating more than $143 million, with sales now averaging more than $2 million a day in the state. Despite this success, many applicants are struggling to find state compliant properties...

Date: 07/11/2015 | Commentary

It’s legal; let them do business

The city of Everett has been cautious as it, Snohomish County and the rest of the state navigate how to turn a once-illegal substance into a legitimate industry.With the state adjusting its own rules,...

Date: 07/08/2015 | Editorials

Gov. Walker opposes open records bill changes

WAUWATOSA, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Saturday that he wants his fellow Republicans who control the Legislature to remove or significantly rein in a facet of the proposed state budget that would severely roll back the state's open records laws.The...

Date: 07/05/2015 | Nation & World

Sex offenders sue, cite religious beliefs

INDIANAPOLIS — A lawsuit filed on behalf of two registered sex offenders cites Indiana’s new religious objections law in arguing they’ve been wrongly prohibited from worshipping at churches that have schools on the same property.

Date: 07/02/2015 | Nation & World

Everett closer to enacting a permanent pot ordinance

EVERETT — For the first time since the legal marijuana shops opened a year ago, the city of Everett is moving toward a permanent ordinance regulating how and where the new businesses will operate.Everett has been

Date: 07/01/2015 | Local News

Careful with those fireworks

Dry weather, heat add to danger

Date: 06/29/2015 | Local News

Keeping guns out of the wrong hands

Another shooting. More shock. More disbelief. More fumbling about for answers. But mostly there's either an uncertainty of how to move forward or an unwillingness to do so.Following Wednesday night's massacre of nine people at Charleston, South Carolina's Emanuel African...

Date: 06/21/2015 | Editorials

Recognize medical cannabis

In 2014, Congress quietly ended the federal government's prohibition on medical cannabis with a provision buried in the 1,603-page federal spending bill, The Los Angeles Times reported at the time. The...

Date: 06/19/2015 | Editorials

Background checks save lives

It's satisfying and reassuring when the facts confirm common sense.When 59 percent of Washington state voters passed Initiative 594 last fall, most voted for the initiative with the conviction that it made sense, common sense, to make it more difficult for felons and others...

Date: 06/16/2015 | Editorials

Congress won’t be there for Obamacare

Things clearly had gotten off on the wrong foot.Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, wanted to know whether President Obama is going to work with Congress to rewrite health care law if the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare —...

Date: 06/14/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Trade bills must pass Congress

Three votes yet to be taken in Congress — two in the House and one in the Senate — will have a significant impact on jobs and the economy in Washington state and for the rest of the nation.And both are meeting resistance from a bipartisan coalition in both...

Date: 06/08/2015 | Editorials

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